Tennessee Saturday Night

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"Tennessee Saturday Night"
Song by Red Foley–1947
Form Western swing
Writer Billy Hughes
Recorded by Johnny Bond–1949, The Pied Pipers, Ella Mae Morse, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone, Roy Clark, Gene Summers, Ernest Tubb
(see also Other artists)

"Tennessee Saturday Night" is a Western swing ballad written by Billy Hughes. The song tells of Tennesseans having a good time on a Saturday night. Each verse ends with the refrain:

... they all go native on a Saturday night.

Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys had a huge hit with the song (Decca 45136), staying on the charts for 11 weeks; reaching #1 on March 19, 1949.[1] Johnny Bond's recording (Columbia 20545) reached #11 later that year.[2]

Other artists[edit]

The Pied Pipers (RCA 20-3360) and Ella Mae Morse (Capitol 1903) also had early recordings of the song. Pat Boone released a version in 1954. Roy Clark's (Churchill 94007) reached #85 in 1982. Other well-known recordings include those by Ernest Tubb (1961) and Jerry Lee Lewis (1967). Gene Summers released a rockabilly version of the song on his 1981 French LP Gene Summers In Nashville and performed the song on national French television that same year. The song has been recorded numerous times.


  1. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 123.
  2. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 49.


  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1